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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The sixth wave runs wild in LaLiga: Celta detects three positives for COVID in its squad

The new wave of COVID It does not stop in Spain and LaLiga clubs continue to suffer from it. This time it was the turn of the Celta Vigo, which has detected three positives for coronavirus in the PCR tests that the players of the first team underwent in the last hours, sources from the Galician club informed Efe. According to the Spanish press, the affected players would be Brais Méndez, Nolito and Fran Beltrán.

The three players are isolated in their homes following the corresponding protocols, and will not be able to resume training with the rest of the group next Monday 27.

That day the coaching staff that leads Eduardo ‘Chacho’ Coudet He called the footballers in the Afouteza sports city to start preparing for the first game of 2022, which will face Betis at Benito Villamarín on Sunday, January 2.

The Celtic has been affected by coronavirus before. Brais Méndez and Santi Mina were the first to test positive for COVID-19, and then Denis Suárez, José Fontán and Ghanaian international Joseph Aidoo fell.

LaLiga changes its protocol

The new protocol anti-COVID-19 from The league tightens the measures and regulations to try to alleviate the effects of the pandemic and, among other obligations, the teams will have to pass more antigen tests or PCR as after Christmas and the matches of the national teams, and the signings.

The league believes that this new protocol to stop the new wave of the pandemic within the competition is “minimal” and contemplates a series of “obligations and necessary recommendations” given the health situation of the last week and the consequent rebound in positive cases.

More antigen tests and PCR

The antigen tests will be daily and mandatory before each training session, entry to club facilities or in concentrations for all personnel in direct contact with the first team (whether vaccinated or not).

As for the test operation on the official LaLiga match day, the local club must undergo the tests first thing in the day or at the start of the concentration and the visiting club before starting the trip to the place of the match.

Additionally, a weekly PCR must be performed during at least the first 15 days of January 2022, as well as a serological control. LaLiga will manage and pay for these tests.

It will also be mandatory for the teams to undergo a PCR around Christmas, at the end of the different FIFA periods and after “3 or more days of rest in a row”. For signings or new additions to a coaching staff, it will also be mandatory to go through a PCR.

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